Substance Use Disorders in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Clients

Assessment and Treatment

Sandra C. Anderson

Columbia University Press

Substance Use Disorders in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Clients

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Pub Date: July 2009

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Substance Use Disorders in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Clients

Assessment and Treatment

Sandra C. Anderson

Columbia University Press

Internalized homophobia, alienation, poor support structures, and high levels of depression all contribute to substance abuse among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, with social activity at bars and clubs reinforcing addictive behavior. The threat of bias in treatment programs also prevents many from seeking help.

An essential resource for human service professionals searching for the latest research on these unique issues, this volume features both state of the art practice methods for treating substance use disorders and up-to-date analyses of sexual orientation and gender identity issues, heterosexism, and the ethical challenges of working with the LGBT community. Sandra Anderson discusses practice with individuals, couples, families, and small groups, as well as practice at the program level. Drawing on case studies with her own clients and from social service agencies that treat LGBT clients, Anderson emphasizes evidence-based treatment models, including motivational enhancement therapy, contingency management, the matrix model, and community reinforcement. Packed with recommendations for effective practice, this singular volume confronts the obstacles faced not only by clients with addictions but also by the LGBT population as a whole.
For its comprehensive and rigorous analysis of the complex issues of gender identity and sexual orientation alone, this invaluable volume should be on the reading list of every health and mental health professional. Donna C. Henderson, Social Work
Acknowledgments
1. Introduction
2. Definitions and Prevalence
3. Heterosexism
4. Assessment
5. Practice with Individuals
6. Treatment Related to Specific Drugs
7. Issues Related to Specific Age Groups
8. Issues Related to Diversity
9. Intervention Models
10. Practice with Couples and Families
11. Conclusions About Practice
12. Case Study: A Lesbian Couple with a Substance Use Disorder
13. Ethical and Legal Issues
14. Policy and Legislative Issues
15. The Future of the Field
References
Index

About the Author

Sandra Anderson is a professor emerita of social work and former director of the MSW program at Portland State University, as well as a clinician in private practice.